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Virgin Galactic's Branson to fly into space in early 2021

 

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FILE PHOTO: Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson speaks during an interview while attending the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S., April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Kelsey Brunner

 

(Reuters) - Billionaire Richard Branson will fly into space on a Virgin Galactic rocketship early next year, the space tourism company he founded said on Monday, adding that it would raise new funds with a share offering.

 

Branson's trip to space hinges on the success of two upcoming test flight programs, Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc said, with the first powered spaceflight scheduled for this fall from Spaceport America.

 

The company competes with billionaire-backed ventures such as Blue Origin that are vying to usher in a new era of space tourism, racing to be the first to offer sub-orbital flights to civilian space travelers.

 

Virgin Galactic offers zero-gravity experiences to customers with its centerpiece SpaceShipTwo plane and has long-term point-to-point travel plans to quickly transport passengers from city to city at near-space altitudes.

 

Earlier in June, Virgin Galactic had signed an agreement with NASA to develop a program to promote private missions to the International Space Station.

 

(Reporting by Munsif Vengattil and Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)

 

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He's said this type of thing before.  VG has had countless delays. Here's one example:

 

From MAY 2018

 

Sir Richard Branson to blast himself into space 'in months' after training as an astronaut

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/richard-branson-space-astronaut-six-months-virgin-galactic-a8370321.html

 

 

 

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I wonder if he is bricking it?.....He has no choice however........who's going to buy a ticket if the owner refuses to fly.

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Off you go mate, and don't come back!

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19 hours ago, Kelsall said:

He's said this type of thing before.  VG has had countless delays. Here's one example:

 

From MAY 2018

 

Sir Richard Branson to blast himself into space 'in months' after training as an astronaut

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/richard-branson-space-astronaut-six-months-virgin-galactic-a8370321.html

 

 

 

Like I was saying ...

 

 

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22 hours ago, Tug said:

Safe flight sir Richard now there’s one cool dude

Don't you mean "Safe bankruptcy hearing?"  🤣

 

 

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On 8/4/2020 at 11:09 AM, webfact said:

vying to usher in a new era of space tourism,

World has gone bonkers, IMO. Economies being destroyed all over the place, people dying of plague, poverty looming etc etc etc, and that clown thinks it's a good time to start tourism for very rich people.

I unfortunately travelled on one of his revolting trains in the UK, and decided he's a <deleted><deleted> clown way back then. This stupidity does nothing to change my mind on that.

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in a coffin would suit him best and dont come back to earth

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